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Maximising the potential of your practice

In the final part of our series looking at management consultancy in optical practice, Optician talks to independent practitioners who have engaged the services of business consultants

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Andrew Matheson's two steps beyond

As the first batch of optometrists successfully qualify for extended prescribing rights, Andrew Matheson recounts optometry’s long-running struggle and offers advice for anyone thinking of specialising in therapeutics

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Treating trachoma

Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. The disease induces blindness through repeated infection of the causative organism Chlamydia trachomatis, writes Dr Iain Phillips

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The campaign to open eyes

The UK needs a vision tsar to halt what the RNIB has described as an impending eye health crisis. David Challinor reports on the Commons launch of the Open Your Eyes campaign

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People skills

Anthony Collinge explains neurolinguistic programming, a method of matching the way a patient thinks, to improve communication

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Guidelines on the management of headaches - Part 1

In the first of two articles, C Glover, S Greensmith, A Ranftler, G Donkin, L Jamieson, P Charlesworth, A Turner, and A J Dowson describe how a protocol for pharmacists and primary care practitioners (including optometrists) was designed

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'Can I still drive?'

Mary Bairstow reports on a recent conference hosted by Birmingham Focus on Blindness

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Glaucoma follow-up

The East Devon PCT bid was given the go-ahead in May 2004 to pilot a glaucoma follow-up scheme within a rural area, with particular emphasis on a mobile option. Nicky Lavender describes the issues particular to the East Devon pilot and describes how the project has developed

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Code of practice for domiciliary eyecare - full text

Read the full text of the Code of Practice prepared by the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians' Domiciliary Eyecare Committee with representation from the Association of Optometrists and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

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Reverse psychology

Advances in materials and technology are enabling more practitioners to offer orthokeratology as a vision correction option. optician reports on a technique that ties the patient to the practice